–The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) successfully floated out from drydock, completing a major milestone during its Drydock Ship’s Restricted Availability (DSRA), Aug. 8.
During the DSRA, the guided missile destroyer was taken out of the water for routine but significant maintenance, repairs, and upgrades. The nearly 12 million dollar availability required an intensive effort from the ship’s force and Ship Repair Facility Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF JRMC), totaling almost 35,000 man-days of labor.
For this expenditure, Mustin received visible maintenance such as a new state-of-the-art paint system on the underside of her hull, but also received other upgrades throughout the ship. Sailors and shipyard workers resurfaced decks and painted bulkheads throughout the interior and exterior of the ship. The hull received structural reinforcements, and the ship’s propellers as well as one of its shafts were removed for extensive maintenance.
The warship’s flight deck was resurfaced and the ship also received various alterations in order to operate the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter, the Navy’s latest multi-mission capable rotary wing aircraft. These platforms feature improved sensors, communications, data links and weapon systems over their predecessor, the SH-60B.
The availability boosted Mustin’s warfighting capabilities with upgrades to her undersea, strike, and information warfare systems. In addition, the ship received updated computer systems and improvements to its network infrastructure and security.
Mustin’s DSRA was also the first implementation of the Advanced Industrial Management (AIM) software suite by SRF JRMC. AIM was used to organize and track jobs and major alterations undertaken during the DSRA.
“The ship’s force and SRF JRMC adapted to AIM and successfully completed the undocking on schedule,” said Lt. j.g. Daniel Ostrowski, Mustin’s Electronic Materials Officer and DSRA Coordinator. “It was a pleasure working with SRF JRMC because of their professionalism, phenomenal quality of work and transparency during the transition to AIM.”
After floating out of drydock, Mustin tied up pierside where she will complete the final stages of DSRA before getting underway for sea trials.
“Our citizens back home can be proud to see their tax dollars at work today; as this availability has ensured that our ship will meet its designed service life while heightening our operational readiness and capabilities,” said Cmdr. Joe Ring, USS Mustin’s commanding officer. “We are eager to return to operational tasking, and to serve our country at sea in this vitally important maritime region.”
USS Mustin is an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer commissioned in 2003, and has been forward deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations as a component of Destroyer Squadron 15 since 2006.